Super Yacht

The first hybrid super yacht?

Developed by Dutch shipbuilders Feadship, the 83.5m Savannah is the first vessel of this magnitude to feature a blend of single diesel engine – a medium-speed Wärtsilä brand engine that replaces the two higher-rev diesel engines that might conventionally be used – with three gensets, some one million Watts of Li-ion batteries, a propeller, an azimuthing thruster and a streamlined hull shape. While that may mean little to those without an engineering background, the integration of these electro-mechanical components should result in fuel savings of 30 per cent in comparison to other similarly sized yachts.

The yacht also features a propeller that is 40 per cent larger than the norm and Feadship claims that Savannah has a better engine load than any other superyacht. Speaking about the development, the yacht owner’s project manager Ted McCumber said: “It is not the individual technologies used on Savannah that are new in the yachting world – it is the way they have been combined.”


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Motor Yacht Sirene leaves Auckland Harbour

One of the world's more extravagant superyachts, the vodka-financed Serene, has left Auckland.

It arrived from Europe on January 22 and has spent most of its time docked at Princess Wharf.

Ship tracking software shows it sailed at 8.35am and listed its next destination as "Milford," arriving there at midday on Tuesday.

It sailed out of the inner harbour at a modest 9.8 knots – inside the 12 knot speed limit – but once in the Rangitoto Channel she cranked it up.

But at 14.5 knots she was chased, and passed, by the all-aluminium police launch Deodar, powering along at 18.9 knots.

Off Takapuna beach, Serene dropped its pilot and sailed out into the Hauraki Gulf, then set a course for the Colville Channel into the Bay of Plenty.

Its owner, exiled Russian vodka magnate Yuri Shefler, has a taste for big parties and mansions, and wants to diversify away from vodka to super-premium wine.

His company, SPI Group, says Shefler has been travelling to key wine-making regions of the world "personally spearheading" the company initiative to get into premium wineries.

At 134 metres long – longer than New Zealand's two navy frigates and the multi-role ship Canterbury – Serene is said to feature an internal seawater pool, two helicopter platforms and a helicopter hangar. It is also rumoured to have a mini submarine aboard and a place known as the "Nemo room" – a glass panelled bulkhead for looking at the ocean beneath.

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Could the Russian economy impact the super yacht industry??

Just as the luxury superyacht industry recovers from the global financial crisis, it sails into another storm as wealthy Russians, hit by the weakened ruble, look set to put off their purchases.

Speaking to CNBC at an industry event this month, the chief executives of some of Europe's leading shipyards expressed their concerns about business from Russia's mega-rich.

"Someone who is ruble-based suddenly has to pay twice as much for a yacht, clearly that must have an impact," Peter Lürssen, CEO of Lürssen Yachts, the builder of the world's largest superyacht Azzam, told CNBC.

"Then the overall economic situation in eastern Europe is very difficult and possibly degrading. So far we have seen no impact on our business, but I can see it will get more complicated and more difficult in 2015."


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Days of having the biggest seem to be coming to end...

Much talk has surrounded the recently launched Azzam Super Yacht, which knocked the previous number one super yacht, Eclipse off the top spot. However ship yard builders now say the drive now in yacht design is focusing on the interior. 

Instead the focus is on developing interiors that best serve their owners’ lifestyles and hobbies. Lurssen is seeing increased requests for indoor pools, often measuring up to 25 metres in length, and the integration of advanced, streamlined home-entertainment systems that can all be controlled via iPad. For a 90-metre ship the most advanced systems cost between €3-5 million.

Britain’s Andrew Winch Designs, a London-based studio that designs yachts, homes and private aircraft, has also noticed a growing interest in highly personalised interiors. The company regularly sources artworks to decorate its clients’ boats – Matisses, Hirsts and sculptures by Dale Chihuly have all proven popular recently – but specially commissioned original pieces are also frequently requested.

An American client recently enlisted the agency to create a towering, mahogany "tree of life" that would incorporate elements of his country’s wildlife and natural history and act as a learning tool for his grandchildren. Rising through a vast atrium over many levels of the yacht, the tree was decorated with carved butterflies, eagles, cougars and more. It took a team of master craftsmen the equivalent of seven man-years to create the piece.

It is also great to hear assembled representatives’ insistence that sustainability is set to be one of the industry’s main driving factors in the years to come. Peter Lurssen encapsulated this increased sense of environmental awareness by saying that superyacht owners realise that "when the oceans aren’t pretty there’s nowhere for them to go".

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Biggest Super Yacht to Visit New Zealand Docks in Auckland

The biggest superyacht to visit New Zealand has berthed at Auckland's Wynyard Wharf because it is too big for the dedicated big boat marina.

The 134m Serene slipped into port early today, tying up around 7.45am, and watched by a sprinkling of onlookers who were taking pictures of the towering craft at the end of the Tank Farm wharf.

The yacht is owned by Yuri Schefler, a vodka tycoon who is understood to be holidaying in New Zealand for several weeks.

Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ has arranged the visit and is providing services for it while it is here. Managing director Duthie Lidgard said the $423 million Serene will be the biggest superyacht to visit this country.

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Plans draw for super yacht the size of an oil tanker??

When it comes to the competitive world of superyachts, size appears to be a big consideration. One design firm has taken this to another level and a drawn up plans of a vessel with the dimensions of an oil tanker.

Measuring 918ft in length(double the length of the current largest super yacht.) Plans include a four-storey ski slope - complete with Austrian-themed Apres lodge.

The design is the brainchild of an Austrian firm called MOTION Code: BLUE and is planned to appeal to billionaires in the Gulf, who may like to celebrate their oil-based wealth with a superyacht designed to look like a tanker.

Billionaires will be able to entertain guests across the 11 decks, store five helicopters on board, receive visitors arriving at the three helipads, and relax in the four-deck-high atrium, complete with waterfalls. Plans include eight two-storey VIP suites, another 12 guest cabins, theatres, four beach clubs with access to the sea, concert halls, libraries and offices.  Wet garages will store tender boats and toys including speedboats and jet skis so guests can entertain themselves without having to head to the beach. The enormous area can be explored using custom painted BMW 13 electric cars to zip passengers form one end of the boat to another. 

A Suezmax oil tanker can normally hold around one million barrels of oil and burn up to 60 tons of fuel on a daily basis to power them through the water. 

Good news from crew employment if these plans ever get the go ahead! Although cleaning a vessel this size may put many crew off!
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83 things the Telegraph learned about travel in 2014...

The 71 st thing they learnt among their interesting list was...

'71. You can spend £100,000 per week to charter a superyacht but all that gets you is the crew's services and the vessel itself. You need to pay extra for fuel, food, drinks and tips, which doesn't come cheap.'

.... a note for The Telegraph... you can easily pay that rate for some super yachts for one days hire... some yacht charter for over one million euros a week.... 

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Rolls-Royce builds 267ft long super yacht with £80m price tag and its own submarine

Rolls-Royce Marine is building a luxurious £80 million superyacht and the particular highlights of this floating paradise include a cinema, a beauty salon, and a docking station for a six-passenger submarine.

Rolls-Royce Marine is co-designing the vessel alongside master shipbuilders Palmer Johnson, with an asking price of £80million.
Other features include a helicopter garage and 32-ft swimming pool.
With guest accommodations for 16 and crew accommodations for 26, PJ World is truly a go anywhere ship that is expected to be delivered in within 18 months to her owner.
Currently the yacht is being built in Norway.

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